*Non Spoiler Review*
Why didn’t I read this sooner?
I loved it from start to finish. There was action, heartbreak, cringiness, and revelations. I honestly didn’t know what to expect and I am pleasantly surprised!
This book follows Cinder who is a cyborg and the best mechanic in all of New Beijing. She has built a reputation around her name so much so that Price Kai has shown up at her booth requiring her services to fix his broken android before the annual ball. She has all intention of fixing his android and returning it to him but all her plans are derailed as her younger sister is infected by the deadly plague that has been devastating Earth for the last decade.
Cinder is just wonderful. I like the fact that she was so real and you could sort of relate to her in a way, being different from the rest of her ‘family’ and seen as a freak and non-human and having to deal with that on a daily basis. I love how we watch her try to overcome her insecurities about being a cyborg and just being comfortable in her own skin. The gradual strength that Cinder emits over the course of the book was great to read. Kai was hopelessly oblivious to the fact that Cinder is a cyborg and I loved him for that. He didn’t see her as anything other than who she is and that really shone through in their burgeoning romance.
I just want to say that as soon as we kind of got into the sub-plot about Lunar and the royal family I started to get inclinations. Especially after Cinders trip to the royal laboratories. It really kept me on the edge of my seat and it was gratifying to have my theories proven right in the end (which usually never happens).
As this was a retelling of the classic Cinderella fairytale I enjoyed the comparisons in the two storylines, but I feel that Cinder really branched itself out enough where it can stand apart and was refreshing. The sci-fi elements really brought forth a different aspect to the book that I’m certainly not used to and it made it more interesting and kept me intrigued throughout the book.
The dialogue was easy to comprehend and quite witty but there was a lot of underlying and indirect action taking place along the way. The storyline was a little bit predictable but I will absolutely look past that as this book was just an engrossing, engaging read and I will be definitely picking up Scarlett in the very near future and continuing on in this series!
⭐️4/5 stars! Unexpected!